Try it where you live.

It is useful to remember that civility is an important part of effective civics and politics.

We can benefit by learning:

  • more of civility.
  • some collaborative leadership.
  • about consensus building.
  • a deeper level of tolerance.
  • about sources of conflict.
  • how people who are fundamentally different from one another can develop sensitivities that will enable them to get along.

We are at our best when we:

    • are listening.
    • are working in partnership with others.
    • lead by example.
    • have the courage to be appropriately humble.

Learn, educate yourself, find out what others have to say, organize, plan.

We have a lot to learn. My old aunt said that by beginning we are half way there. After that, one keeps on keeping on.

by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill

Let’s Have a Party

Or, let’s have a platform. Or, let’s have a plank. “A party” sounds most attractive, but I have reason to consider a plank first.

The kind of plank I am considering is political. It is the name given to fundamental parts of a political platform. Political party platforms are made  up of planks. This kind of plank does not come from a tree, but rather from the minds of men and women.  We can shape one, or more.

We have some ideas about the nature of a political party.  Historically each person running for political office  usually had a platform much like the platform of his party. So we know that a platform is what a person running for office stood on. I Great Britain, I believe, stood for office rather than running for office as one does in the US. A platform was once more about what party stood for rather than stood on. A party and it’s platform may be much about wants, interests, needs, desires, values, and even philosophy of citizens, the men and women of the nation.

So, parties had platforms. An important of those platforms were its planks.  Each plank was likely to represent a specific want, interest need, etc.

Right now I a less interested in specific candidates, elections, or parties and am more interested in the specifics the platform they stand on. The specifics are best found in the planks

So, I am interested in platforms and the planks of those platforms, I am interested in specific planks and sets of planks one can stand on and for. 

I want a solid plank I can work on and see implemented in our nation.  I am interested in a plank I can be proud to stand up for. I am interested in a plank which represents real and specific values and interests in an understandable and attractive way.


First we form some great planks. With them we can make a great platform.  On that great platform can stand a great (new) party.  A party to be proud of.

Heaven forbid that other parties should copy a plank of ours. 



by Richard Sheehan

for Mago ill


Richard and Mago Bill

My name is Richard, Richard Sheehan, Richard C. Sheehan, Richard Carroll Sheehan. I am a U.S. citizen living in Colombia.
Mago Bill was sometimes called M. William Sheehan. He was a Sheehan and a Carroll. I may have some words to say about him latter.
Although I have some passion for governance this Mago Bill blog may best be call a no niche or a multi niche blog.
Topics you may expect to see here may briefly named as>
history, prehistory, world history, Ireland, Colombia, dialogue, social dialogue, cultural dialogue, writing, politics, governance, and some topics best unnamed at this time.
In time I hope to make Mago Bill, the blog, more and more interactive.
Hello and Welcome!

by Richard Sheehan
for Mago Bill

An Active Citizen

You can start, or restart your life as an active citizen by taking one, or more of the following steps. More may be be better.


  • watching or attending meetings of your city council or local school board.
  •  keeping your sense of humor and experiencing some pleasure as you remember that political actions are serious and have important consequences.
  • why some believe that each and every public act is political.
  • what an active citizen can do to help his or her school district, town, city, state.
  • you might do well to start at your local library.
  • keeping politically humble, curious, and modest.
  • making an opportunity to attend a couple of meetings of civic organizations new to you.
  • that you are free to visit political party meetings.
  • joining a political party and that it is OK to change parties.
  • registering to vote. It can be more interesting to register as a party member.
  • getting a better understanding of issues, policies, planks, or even of a specific bill.
  • Contacting the office of a specific office holder and asking what his or her position is on your issue of interest.
  • calling the the U.S. Capitol switchboard and telling them your zip code. They will transfer you to the office of your Representative. Tell your Representative’s representative what is on your mind, ask your question, or say what it is you want.
  • Writing to the office of your Senator. You can check online to find out how to spell his or her name. Address your letter letter to him at United States Senate, Washington DC 20510.
  • Writing to your Congressman by name at United States House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515.
  • sitting quietly for awhile and letting what you are learning work itself around a bit in your mind. You may be beginning to cook a bit politically
  • making time to learn about your county government and state government.
  • remembering that no one really has to be politically conscious all the time.
  • finding a friend who seems politically knowledgeable or civically interested. You can talk civics, issues of governance and like that. Your librarian could be helpful.
  • Your first step takes you half the way.


Thanks for reading citizen!


by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill